Building A Franchise: Why We Need ‘The Lego Rick And Morty Movie’

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Anybody who’s anybody knows who Rick and Morty are. For those who don’t know, the adventures of Rick and Morty take place throughout the multiverse, which consists of an infinite number of realities. Even though the show’s main focus is on Rick and Morty, the other major storylines include Summer (Morty’s sister), Beth (Morty’s mom) and Jerry (Morty’s dad). These characters travel to other planets and dimensions using either Rick’s portal gun or his flying car. The show was created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon and airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block.

The fact that Rick and Morty have access to infinite timelines and realities makes it perfect for The Lego Movie treatment. The film could easily follow Rick and Morty on an adventure into a Lego dimension where they meet many of the ‘Master Builders’ like Emmet and Batman and help them save the day. The characters aren’t strangers to blocky forms either. The Season 3 finale had the characters appear in Minecraft form.

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Other great aspects of the show that make it a prime candidate for The Lego Movie treatment are the various easter eggs and fourth wall breaks. The Lego Movies are known for their easter eggs. (There were too many to count in The Lego Batman Movie.) Having Rick engage with the audience in the theater and comment on how low they (Roiland and Harmon) have fallen to be making a Lego Rick and Morty film would be hilarious on many levels. In addition, Roiland and Harmon would surely sneak in some innuendo to keep the parents laughing.

The only possible issue is that all previous films in The Lego Movie franchise have been rated PG. If Warner Bros. were to greenlight The Lego Rick And Morty Movie it would be almost impossible to make it PG without upsetting fans. Since most of the show’s profanity is bleeped out, the same could be done in a movie earning it a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. Many young children go to the movies with their parents anyways, so making this change wouldn’t affect the amount of younger viewers who see the film.

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The Lego Movie franchise has been going strong with The Lego Ninjago Movie released this September and The Lego Movie Sequel due to be released on February 8, 2019. Only time will tell if Warner Bros. will ever start mining more obscure series for potential Lego Movies. If they do, I hope Rick and Morty is at the top of their list.

Season 3 of Rick and Morty wrapped up this past Sunday.

Would you watch The Lego Rick and Morty Movie? Leave your comments below!

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‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 Review

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Season 3 of Rick and Morty finally came to an end last Sunday. This was a great season filled with many twists and turns for the fans. There were some old questions answered as well as many new ones brought to light. Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon did a great job turning it up a notch this season without straying from the true nature of the show. They finally let fans know that they can do whatever they want when they want. Rick and Morty is a freeform anthology and Roiland and Harmon do not adhere to normal animated sitcom formulas – except maybe the “rule of three”. Starting off with a superb episode in “The Rickshank Rickdemption”. We see Rick destroy the Citadel of Ricks and take down the Galactic Federation by changing a one to a zero. The best part of the episode was Rick ranting about missing McDonald’s promotional Szechuan McNugget sauce that was released with Disney’s Mulan. A sauce that McDonald’s is actually bringing back for one day on October 7, 2017. I’m going to make sure that I get a taste. “Pickle Rick” delivered everything it promised in the clips that were released at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2016. The major standout from the season is definitely “The Ricklantis Mixup” a.k.a. “Tales from the Citadel” in where we see the continuation of the ‘Evil Morty’ storyline that started with “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” back in Season 1. The safe bet is that we will not see this storyline continue again until Season 5. “The ABC’s of Beth” finally gave us a glimpse into what kind of child Beth was like with a visit to Froopyland. Interesting fact; Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon actually got children to voice the Froopians. This makes that the play about how they were created even creepier. The season did leave a lot for the fans to think about. When will we actually see ‘Evil Morty’ again? Whatever happened to Tammy and the resurrected Phoenix Person? Is Beth really a clone? Eventually, these question may be answered, but it’s best not to dwell on them. With things figuratively being reset at the end of this season, we’ll probably go back to the groundedness of Season 1. Hopefully, Mr. Poopybutthole was just pulling our legs and we do not have to wait that long for Season 4. Overall, Rick and Morty Season 3 scores a Good 4.55/5. This score may be adjusted if we actually get the Christmas special that fans have been speculating about!

‘Battle of the Sexes’ Review

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Battle of the Sexes is a semi-biographical sports film, starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, and Sarah Silverman. The film is loosely based on the 1973 tennis match between a 29-year-old Billie Jean King and a 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. Riggs had been a top men’s player in the 1930s and 1940s in both the amateur and professional ranks. King, who had previously rejected challenges from Riggs, finally accepted the challenge after a lucrative financial offer was made to play him for $100,000, winner-take-all. King further explained that she accepted the match not only for the money, but also for all of women’s tennis and to prove that women are equal to men. The match, dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes”, took place at the Houston Astrodome in Texas and garnered huge publicity. Emma Stone is great as Billie Jean King. The Academy Award-winning actress shows off her talent once again as she basically becomes King. Stone looks very much like a young Billie Jean King and even speaks like her. She does well in making the character more than a two-dimensional athlete. She gives the audience a look into King’s soul as she works through the complexities of her emotions, need for equal rights, loyalty to her husband, and love of tennis. The same goes for Steve Carell’s performance as Bobby Riggs. He plays a loveable yet damaged guy very well. He’s a good dad and a great tennis player, but he’s also a gambler and a hustler. He knows he has a problem, but he doesn’t hide it. Well, he mostly doesn’t hide it. He wants this happy life with his wife but is unwilling to change for her. Also, I really enjoyed Sarah Silverman’s portrayal of Gladys Heldman. She provided comic relief as well as a small dose of sincerity when needed. I wouldn’t be surprised if she got a few Best Supporting Actress nods this upcoming award season. The film’s story was easy to follow and very believable. The writer did a great job of focusing the story on the characters’ lives building up to the match instead of just focusing on the match itself. With all the ups and downs each character experiences, the audience is never overwhelmed as the events unfold on screen. Also, the director’s pacing was smooth and use of camera angles and color was phenomenal. Lastly, the editing of the older footage into the film fit in seamlessly. While watching the final match, there are times when you can’t tell if they edited the old match footage or shot new match footage. The only negative I have for this film is how it was advertised. The trailers made it seem like just a comedy, but clearly, it’s much more than that. I give Battle of the Sexes a Decent 8/10. This film offers up a fun and interesting history lesson about tennis and equality.

Wubba Lubba Dub-Dub: Are We Getting A ‘Rick And Morty’ Christmas Special? — Fan Theory Says Yes!

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Season 3 of Rick and Morty finally came to an end last Sunday – or did it? A new fan theory suggests that “The Rickchurian Mortydate” will not be the final episode of Season 3. The theory suggests that a Christmas special airing sometime this winter will be the true finale to this season.

The theory stems from the stinger that played at the end of the finale where we see Mr. Poopybutthole with his new wife and son. He states that he may have a big white Santa Claus beard when Season 4 airs. This remark has fans thinking that Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon may be planning something special this holiday season. They have been known for sneaking many easter eggs into their Rick and Morty episodes.

There is some plausibility to this theory since the first episode of this season, “The Rickshank Rickdemption”, premiered on April 1, 2017, as an April Fools’ Day joke. The rest of the episodes did not begin airing until July 30, 2017. Clearly, Roiland and Harmon have no problem taking long breaks between episodes. Also, there is the fact that Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year, which is the normal day that Rick and Morty airs on Adult Swim. The big question is: what would the plot of the Christmas episode be about? Well, there are a few obvious choices and some lesser known possibilities.

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There is the possibility that the new episode could explore why Rick and Morty were burying a Santa Claus during one of Morty’s removed memories in “Morty’s Mind Blowers”. Perhaps this was just another one of Rick’s Anatomy Parks gone wrong. (Those bureaucrats will never understand Pirates of the Pancreas) Maybe we will see Tammy and Phoenix Person get revenge for the Galactic Federation being destroyed. There is also the possibility that the episode will explore if the current Beth is truly a clone. Personally, I think she is and here is a great article that further backs up my beliefs.

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A final possibility is that we will get another chapter in the story of “Evil Morty”. This is what all the fans have been craving since “The Ricklantis Mixup” a.k.a. “Tales from the Citadel” aired earlier this season. When we last saw “Evil Morty” he had become President of the Citadel of Ricks and has started installing a new regime. This storyline continuing so soon may be a stretch because we typically get a new story with “Evil Morty” every other season, starting with “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” in Season 1. The safe bet is that we will not see this storyline continue until Season 5. That being said, Rick and Morty is a freeform anthology and Roiland and Harmon do not adhere to normal animated sitcom formulas – except maybe the “rule of three”. So, who knows if we will even get an episode this winter… and if we do, will it be a true finale to Season 3 or an early start to Season 4?

Better keep your eyes glues to Adult Swim on Christmas Eve just in case!

What was your favorite episode of Rick and Morty this season? Do you think there will be a Christmas special? Leave your comments below!

Rick and Morty “The Rickchurian Mortydate” Review

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Sadly, we didn’t get a conclusion to the ‘Evil Morty’ storyline like we thought. We did, however, get an interesting ending to a Good third season. “The Rickchurian Mortydate” had Rick and Morty going toe to toe with the President of the United States of America of whatever dimension they are currently residing in. Once again we get to see exactly how deadly Rick’s intelligence can be. Through some unknown means, Rick actually killed a secret service agent just by having physical contact with him. We also got a nice call-back to “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender” with the Nano-fiber defense mesh that laces Rick’s epidermis. One of the best parts of the episode was Rick’s fight with the President at the end. We thought Rick had some nice toys, but the U.S. government has some interesting weapons as well. My favorites are the twin who turn into mindless killing machines after hearing a special whistle. There was also teleporting technology similar to a stargate from the film, Stargate, and cool references to Minecraft, South Park, and the current political state of the United States. Another great part of the episode was the side story involving Beth thinking she was a clone. Honestly, I thought they were going to leave that situation alone until next season, but it was fun seeing how it played out in the season finale. Everything culminated in Rick and Morty basically hitting the reset button. The family is back together and everyone seems happy. Well everyone except Rick, but he’ll deal with it in his usual way. Considering what we learned in “Morty’s Mind Blowers” nothing that happens really matters as the show is a freeform anthology and lots of events happen in between the episodes airing. By next season Rick and Morty can be in a whole new dimension with a whole new family and we wouldn’t know it. I give “The Rickchurian Mortydate” a Good 4.5/5. I’m pretty sure that Beth is a clone and the real Beth will make an appearance next season. She did break the fourth wall and Rick has been the only person to do that so far. Hopefully, Mr. Poopybutthole was just pulling out leg and Season 4 starts in less than a year!